Q. See question 2886 above regarding an Hachnosas Sefer Torah. Do we have to make a seudah during these pandemic days? and how many people should attend?
A. Based on Remah (O.H. 669: 1) that we make a seuda when we end the Torah reading on Simchas Torah, Poskim write that a similar seuda should be arranged when finishing the writing of a Sefer and celebrating the Hachnosas Sefer Torah. (Mataamim, Al Pi Hatorah p. 614 and others). This is at least similar to the seuda done at a siyum.
Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that although it is proper and correct to make a seuda when possible, in times of need even a kiddush with mezonos will suffice.
The Rov suggested that when times return to normal a siyum should be arranged, also in honor for the new Sefer Torah.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised By Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a